Last Updated on 4 months by Plain Jane
Any hemp-head knows that certificates of analysis play a huge role in choosing the right product. But in the case of CBD gummies, another factor comes into play — ingredients.
Unfortunately, a lot of hemp users don’t even bother to read up on CBD gummies ingredients, thinking the most important information they need can all be found in the CoAs. With that said — do you actually know what your CBD gummies contain? Here’s a quick guide.
Different Types of CBD Gummies
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In a lot of ways, the kind of CBD gummies you buy will play a role in the ingredients on the labels. There are three main categories of CBD gummies, each of which uses a unique formulation to achieve distinct results.
Full vs Broad vs Isolate
The hemp extract used in your CBD gummies tells you more about the cannabinoids the formulation includes. Remember that cannabinoids come from the hemp plant, and these unique organic compounds are responsible for the effects you get out of hemp — and any product that incorporates it.
Full spectrum gummies use the entire hemp plant chemistry. That means they include every cannabinoid and terpene found in the original plant matter. According to research, hemp-infused products that incorporate whole plant chemistry result in what’s called the entourage effect.
This theory postulates that when all of hemp’s terpenes and cannabinoids remain intact, they work together to strengthen each other. The result is a more potent experience since all of the organic compounds found in hemp stay all together.
Broad spectrum gummies on the other hand toss in every cannabinoid, with the exception of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. If you haven’t caught the wind just yet, THC has long been recognized as the only psychoactive compound in cannabis.
It works on the central nervous system and produces the effects of a high by altering consciousness and impairing judgment and decision-making. Broad spectrum gummies and hemp products attempt to protect individuals who might not want to have any THC in their daily hemp dose.
Then, of course, there’s CBD isolate. Unlike broad and full spectrum gummies that include most if not all of hemp’s chemistry, CBD isolate extracts just CBD. According to research, CBD makes up close to 20% of hemp’s total cannabinoid profile, making it the most prolific of the plants.
Studies suggest that because of the sheer amount of CBD found in hemp, it’s largely responsible for much of the effects that the plant provides. Thus manufacturers isolate CBD as a way to maximize its benefits.
Daytime vs Nighttime Gummies
The convenience of the gummy form makes it ideal for various applications throughout the day. Most of the products you’ll find are advertised for every day, anytime use. That means you can use them throughout most of the day and enjoy awakening, energizing effects to keep you calm, collected, and productive.
However, some creative cats have manufactured nighttime CBD gummies. These delectable little morsels of hemp-infused goodness also incorporate melatonin — a well-known sleep support supplement. Mixing the ingredient into the formulation provides users the relaxing benefits of CBD which highlight melatonin’s effects.
Vegan vs Non-Vegan
Surprisingly, most gummy recipes aren’t exactly vegan. The inclusion of gelatin as the main ingredient in the majority of gummy formulations means that these products often contain beef or swine derivatives.
For individuals with dietary restrictions or preferences, some CBD gummy products might not fit the bill. However numerous vendors have answered the call for vegan options, substituting ingredients like agar-agar or seaweed to keep things cruelty-free.
Most Common Ingredients in CBD Gummies
There isn’t a solid list of ingredients that manufacturers have to follow in order to produce their unique gummy products. In fact, they can change things up as much as they want. However, there are certain ingredients in gummy candies that just always have to be in the mix.
These ingredients make up the blueprint for CBD gummies and ensure that the resulting product will taste and feel familiar and satisfying:
- Corn syrup
- Gelatin or agar-agar
- Citric acid
- Natural and artificial flavors
- Lactic acid
- Food coloring
Presently, there isn’t any research that indicates whether these ingredients could potentially interfere with or impede the effects of CBD or other cannabinoids found in hemp. Based on the reviews that people leave for CBD gummies and the sheer popularity of these bite-sized treats, it seems people have no qualms about potency.
The Process of Making CBD Gummies
Making CBD gummies is actually a lot easier than you might originally think. Manufacturers simply add in their ingredients following the specific ratios required to produce their unique CBD gummies.
The resulting mixture then gets poured into starched, lined molds that come in a variety of shapes. Most of them of course, use the iconic bear shape. But CBD gummies can come in pretty much any silhouette.
After pouring, the process entails waiting for the gummies to harden. Some leave the gummies at room temperature to harden, while others require a blast freeze to achieve the ideal texture.
In many cases, manufacturers will lab test their CBD gummies before they’re poured and hardened. This way, they can detect quality compliance early on and ditch mixtures that don’t meet standards before they’re poured and hardened.
Should You Read CBD Gummy CoAs?
Some hemp users believe that the list of ingredients is all you really need to know. But there are loads of other interesting elements in your CBD gummies that might not make it on the labels.
Although manufacturers will do what they can to maintain a clean, sanitary production process, it’s tough to guarantee zero contamination every single time. That’s why CoA’s are so important — because they detail contaminants and adulterants that might accidentally make it into your CBD gummies.
Certificates of analysis can illustrate the various microbes, bacteria, heavy metals, and other contaminants that might have made their way into the formulation during the manufacturing process. These adulterants never make it to the ingredient lists, so CoAs provide even more insight as to what your CBD gummies contain.
On top of that, the certificate will also tell you the amount of CBD you can find in your gummies. CoAs carefully outline cannabinoid profiles, giving you a more detailed idea of what effects and benefits you can expect out of your CBD gummies based on the paperwork alone.
Read the Label
There’s so much more to CBD gummies than meets the eye. Although they might appear like nothing more than a hemp-infused treat, CBD gummies contain loads of ingredients that you should definitely care to know about.
So make sure you check the labels and read the certificates of analysis to guarantee that you’re getting your money’s worth before you seal the deal and make your payment.